I am indebted to a Yankee for information pertaining to the origins of some of the recipes in this book. He is John Mariani, the author of The Dictionary of American Food and Drink. He states that there are various stories as to the origin of the famed Lady Baltimore Cake. One has it that it was first conceived by a Southern belle named Alicia Rhett Mayberry of Charleston, South Carolina. It is said that she created it for Owen Wister, the novelist, who described the cake in his “next book” and named the novel itself—published in 1906—Lady Baltimore. Alicia Rhett Mayberry, Mariani notes, maintained in a book titled 200 Years of Charleston Cooking that the recipe came from the Woman’s Exchange at the time Wister wrote his novel.